Greystar is a leading, fully integrated real estate company offering expertise in investment management, development, and property management of rental housing properties globally. Greystar operates an estimated $115B of real estate in over 180 markets globally including offices throughout the United States, UK, Continental Europe, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region.
The European business is rapidly growing with existing operations in the UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain and France. We provide multifamily (purpose built, large scale rental housing with onsite service and amenities), student and young professional homes.
Our aim is to further expand across the UK and Continental Europe by hiring local talent and staying true to Greystar's core values of integrity, respect, professionalism, accountability, service and team work.
The Managing Director Finance, Europe will lead the finance and tax functions across delivery of all financial, accounting, regulatory and taxation aspects in relation to the property ventures located in Europe and the Corporate finance strategy for Europe and UK.
You will provide strategic financial direction, fully own the statutory accounting process and provide project support on the growth objectives in relation to new acquisitions and investments. Key deliverables will be financial planning and budgets, design and implement of financial business systems and processes, ensuring compliance with the Company's accounting procedures as well as generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
The Finance Director reports to the Senior Managing Director of Corporate Services and plays an active role as a senior leader of the European business. The role will require demonstration of exceptional strategic, leadership and technical skills as well as strong commercial awareness to advise business leaders on key decisions.
Oversee the financial activities for joint ventures and funds (regulated and unregulated) including oversight of outsource providers.
Leading and managing annual corporate budgeting and business planning by providing historic and predictive financial data and reviewing proposed budgets for compliance with the Company's established financial targets and goals.
Leading the timely completion and distribution of financial reports to investors, lenders and key business leaders, assisting in resolving discrepancies and variances in actuals-to-budget and responding to client requests, questions and issues related to the on-going financial performance of properties.
Oversee the implementation of tax structures and ongoing tax compliance (corporate tax returns, VAT returns, etc) working with 3rd party advisers and the European tax director.
Driving a culture of financial awareness and overseeing the development of appropriate internal controls across the business, without creating unnecessary bureaucracy or negatively impacting the pace of change.
Serving as primary legislative liaison relating to company financial issues, directs financial audits by coordinating with internal and external agencies, and provides recommendations for procedural improvements as necessary.
Managing and providing leadership to the local finance teams by interviewing, hiring, coaching and developing team members and managing their performance in accordance with the Company's established human resource policies, values, and business procedures.
Managing the development and integration of financial accounting systems.
Providing management information and dashboards that help the business respond and make good decisions.
Controlling all cash management, financial transactions and accountancy matters.
Completes other reasonable duties as assigned or as necessary.
Fully qualified accountant (international experience essential) – the job holder is likely to require at least 8-10 years post qualified experience (ACA or similar).
Experience with closed and open ended European structures desired.
Solid leadership experience.
Strong financial and management accounting background with demonstrated proficiency in financial statement analysis in order to review, audit, reconcile, and produce accurate detailed financial reports and that demonstrates the application and usage of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
Knowledge of Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive (AIFMD); experience with Annex IV filings.
Proficiency in workflow and project management.
Proficiency in interpreting legal documents and loan facility agreements.
Good understanding of VAT and Tax (structuring and statutory reporting).
Strong experience in budgeting and cash flow forecasting as well as consolidation.
Audit experience and ability to liaise with and coordinate auditors.
Understanding and experience of the development and integration of financial accounting systems.
Proven team management and leadership capability (managing own direct team as well as managing services providers and playing a broader leadership role in the wider business).
A decision maker - ability to delegate, make the call on when appropriate to direct queries and decisions and ensure that decision making is made via the correct internal processes and that the relevant stakeholders are involved in key decisions and sign off.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and to create and make financial and business presentations to senior managers, clients, team members and other business contacts.
Internal Number: 6204497
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